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AV Rant #424: Ping Pong Theater

March 18th, 2015 No comments

Ha! Early podcast…doesn’t make up for last week’s late one. Oh well. This week we thank Bryce as our listener of the week. Tom also has a very important announcement about the future of AV Rant. Lee fills in this week as Rob is out on vacation. Mike wonders why he should bother following us on Twitter and James has some subwoofer questions about placement, crawling, and why some industry “professionals” disagree on so many things. Abel wants better sound quality and doesn’t know if he should upgrade his speakers or sub, John needs some new recommendations for front speakers (might have to wait until next week for this one), and Everett needs simple instructions on video settings. Andrew wants to know if we see receivers being a thing in the future or will smaller, easier to operate devices take their place (LINK) and Ed has some speakers he’d like to use but an issue with wires (LINK) plus a subwoofer question (LINK).

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AV Rant #423: Subwoofer Tsunami

March 17th, 2015 No comments

Wow. Tom totally thought he posted this podcast. Whoops. Our listeners of the week are Kris and Jayson. Thanks guys! We had to pay domain fees this week and we renewed for 5 YEARS! Your support (and others) made that possible. To start off with, we discuss this article from The New Yorker (with additional information HERE and HERE) at Jonathan and Dan’s request. Greg needs subwoofer placement help and some advice about which service to get for an iOS remote. Niklas lets us know that we forgot his question about how to make his system sound larger, Jonathan weighs in on Net Neutrality, and Eliezer and Efrain have some more headphone suggestions for David (LINK and LINK) plus they wanted to help out Jay from last week about the new Led Zeppelin remasters (LINK and LINK). Nelson has a recommendation for Jared from last week about a center channel (LINK), Kris is confused by some sub placement advice from HSU, and Infinite Gary is concerned about projector calibration. Byron updates us on his Sharp repair saga, Jordan has updated his surrounds and wants to know if a subwoofer upgrade (from an 8″ sub no less) will be noticeable, and Mike wants to know what “pressurizing a room” really means.

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AV Rant #422: Moist

March 9th, 2015 No comments

This week we had an overwhelming amount of support from listeners. Thanks so much Jared, Jordan, Eliezer, David, Monty, Wade, Margaret, Mike, Jeff, E. Don, Paul, and the folks at Tervo Tek. We couldn’t do this podcast without you. Jared as a center channel question, Jordan wants to know if surround speakers need to timbre match the other speakers, and Bill is looking for an upgrade with a $200-$300 budget. Scott “upgraded” his speakers by buying cheaper ones and is worried about hitting reference volume and he’s also curious about storing different Audyssey settings.  Eliezer has a correction (LINK) and another vote for Oppo as a great upscaling player, Jared has a question about the high-rez surround formats (DTS-HD, TrueHD) versus their standard counterparts (DTS, Dolby Surround) along with a subwoofer question, and David linked us up to a video about Room EQ Wizard (LINK) and wants to know what we think of DarbeeVision (LINK). Jonathan chimes in more than once on the podcast but mostly he just let Rob know what First-Sale Doctrine was (LINK), Jared wants to know why anyone would buy towers (LINK), and James is curious about time alignment and subs sending us a link that…well, it really doesn’t make much sense (LINK). David is looking for some headphones for his 2-year-old (LINK), Mike has a near-field question, and Michael has a volume question. We didn’t help Kris last week so we try again, Jay is looking for some comments on the new Led Zeppelin Remasters (LINK), and Tom complains incessantly about being hot.

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AV Rant #421: Netflix Link

February 26th, 2015 No comments

This week we thank Kris, Jonathan, Dan (LINK), Thomas, Don, and Bob for supporting the podcast. Without you, this podcast wouldn’t exist. Dan would like to know if the Marantz SR7008 has audibly better pre-outs than the Denon AVR-X4000, Rob wanted Tom’s take on New Michael’s question from last week, and Bill needs a 6.5mm to 3.5mm stereo audio adapter (LINK). Andy wants the formula for calculating sound wave lengths in feet, Romeo has a nook problem and wants better speakers, Michael has a Netflix link Tom doesn’t want to forget. Karl wants to maximize the sound quality of his CD collection, Eliezer wasn’t convinced by Tom’s suggestion that those last couple of subsonic frequencies weren’t that important, and J. Rod has a suggestion for Rob to rent Blu-rays (LINK). Kris has a large room to pressurize and needs a sub or two (LINK), Infinite Gary has some color gamut questions, and James has some links for DIY speaker building (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK). Jim wasn’t happy with his SVS purchase but he was with their customer service, Nelson has an Onkyo receiver question about relative volume, and Jared and Jordan will have to wait until next week for their answers.

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AV Rant #420: Live with Lee (Hopefully)

February 23rd, 2015 No comments

The weather literally killed Tom’s internet this week, so we called Lee while he was brushing his teeth to fill in with zero notice. Thanks, Lee!

Also thank you to Michael for his donation, and Everett, Andy, and Karl for supporting the podcast!

Dan says we convinced him he doesn’t need a separate 2-channel setup, then asks how he can still have a separate 2-channel setup.

Kevin wants to know if an old SVS sub will match well with a new SVS sub.

And Joe wonders whether to believe his own ears, or a review from a crazy person on Amazon.

Infinite Gary, Byron, Joe S. & Stephen all give us updates on their display issues and subwoofer triumphs.

And Gary (from Australia) & James weigh in on vintage pieces of gear and how to repurpose them.

Nick wonders if Front Wide speakers can solve his reflection worries.

And David wins the award for most patient home theater enthusiast. David wants to make some DIY acoustic treatments, and we’ve got the (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK and LINK) to help him out!

We’ve got a New Michael, and he’s got bass issues that might be complicated to fix.

Barney wants to know where color is heading after reading some information from RED (LINK)

And finally, we give Lee short shrift after being such a good sport with us, but at least one of his questions is out there now so folks can weigh in on it.

Lots of questions still left on our docket for next week, but when a doggie is giving you a certain look, it’s time to wrap it up!

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